Have you ever thought about the fact that sitting too much may actually hurt you?
A number of researchers have found that extended periods of sitting can lead to a number of health problems. These include back pain, obesity, high blood sugar, elevated blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels. Excessive sitting may also lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer!
It is important to understand that the researchers were not simply picking on people who watch a lot of television. The studies took a look at those who had reported extended periods of sitting because they work at a desk or spend a lot of time driving or flying.
These same studies showed that getting routine exercise and engaging in moderate or vigorous physical activity did not seem to reduce the risks associated with a lot of sitting.
The solution seems to point to a need for less sitting overall, not just more activity. If you have the option to stand rather than sit, you might just want to take it. Here are some ways you can stop sitting too much:
- Stand up while you eat lunch or talk on the phone.
- Get up and stand for 10-15 minutes if you sit at a desk all day.
- Instead of sitting at the conference table, have a walking meeting at work.
Talk to your chiropractor about how to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting throughout the day. He or she may even have some good ideas for incorporating more standing into your workspace, which may even lead to less back pain and a better aligned spine.
For more information about the risks of too much sitting, and about the wellness and prevention orientation of chiropractic treatment, call your chiropractor to arrange an appointment.